Crossroads at the Edge of Worlds (Charles Heller, 2006)
Today’s featured film from the Urban Migration Film Festival is Charles Heller’s Crossroads at the Edge of Worlds. Sub-Saharan Transit Migration in Morocco (2006). The video is part of The Maghreb Connection (2006-2007) – an initiative by Ursula Biemann on the North African migratory space. Showing in the first, Journeys, session of the day, the film engages with the ethics and politics of representation. It attempts to align itself with the migrants it encounters, exploring the everyday forms of resistance they create and the constant repression they face on their path north towards Europe. Heller traces a complex web of transnational industries, border controls and policing, legal forces, informal economies, alternative structures of communities that spring up in refugee camps and along migration routes. For all of these encounters, the work attempts a description of the specific spatial forms that are produced and evolving in the negotiation between the agents at play.
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